The Times Of India
Assembly elections: BJP leaves out Parrikar's son, 2 ministers in Goa first list
BJP on Thursday announced its first list of 34 candidates for Goa, dropping three sitting MLAs including two ministers but retaining a former minister who had quit over allegations of sex scandal. The party refused to give the Panaji ticket to former CM Manohar Parrikar’s son Utpal. Candidates in the remaining six constituencies would be announced in the second list, expected to be released soon.
Acknowledge ‘Hinduphobia’, India urges UN
Warning the world about the dangers of religious phobias, India has again raised the issue of ‘Hinduphobia’, and also anti-Sikh and anti-Buddhist phobias, calling upon the United Nations to address this threat to ensure “greater balance” into discussions on such topics. India’s permanent representative to UN, T S Tirumurti said on Thursday that while the UN had highlighted other forms of religious phobias, it had not yet fully acknowledged anti-Hindu, anti-Sikh and anti-Semitism threats.
Army vice-chief warns Pakistan over terror use
Countries with ‘regressive thinking’ like Pakistan, which use terrorism as a political tool, need to understand that terrorism is an equally big threat for them, said Army vice-chief Lt General C P Mohanty on Thursday. “While terrorism in all its dimensions must be condemned equally, there is nothing as despicable as state-sponsored terror, he said.
2.5k farm suicides in 11 months of 2021 in Maharashtra: RTI reply
Distress among farmers in the state pushed 2,498 of them to end their lives in the 11-month period from January to November 2021. In 2020, 2,547 debt-ridden farmers had committed suicide. Data from the state revenue department shows that despite loan waiver schemes of the government, farmers continue to commit suicide for inability to repay loans. Region-wise Aurangabad saw 804 suicides in the 11-month period in 2021 and Nagpur division reported 309 cases.